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Discover the magic: Christmas markets in Europe. Part 3

As the holiday season unfurls its sparkling charm, our journey through the enchanting Christmas markets of Europe continues. In this final installment, we invite you to join us in exploring the festive wonders of Vilnius, Edinburgh, and Zagreb.

Vilnius, Lithiania

In the heart of Lithuania's capital, the Vilnius Christmas Market captivates with its unique blend of Baltic traditions and seasonal merriment. Nestled in the historic Cathedral Square, the market boasts over 50 stalls adorned with handmade crafts, local delicacies, and festive decorations.

In recent years, the Vilnius Christmas tree that stands in the Cathedral Square, which has become an integral symbol of the “Christmas Capital” and the whole of Christmas in Lithuania, has received special attention. The tree that captivates with a new image every year, has been named the most beautiful in Europe for several years in a row. Vilnius, declared one of the most magical Christmas cities in Europe in 2019–2022, was included in the European Top 5 and in the list of the 25 best places in the world to celebrate Christmas.
  • Craftsmanship delights
More than just a market, Vilnius offers an immersive cultural experience with over 50 stalls showcasing meticulously crafted gifts and ornaments. Each piece tells a story of Lithuanian craftsmanship.
  • Culinary traditions
Indulge in the rich flavors of Lithuanian cuisine. From the sweet crunch of kūčiukai (traditional sweet pastries) to the comforting warmth of poppy seed milk, the market is a gastronomic delight.
  • Entertainment extravaganza
The festive spirit comes alive with live music, dance performances, and the mesmerizing glow of the Christmas tree in Cathedral Square. The air is filled with the joyful sounds of the season.
This December, the Time2Pack team will be on-site at the Vilnius Christmas Market, bringing you real-time experiences, insider tips, and the firsthand magic of this Baltic winter wonderland. Follow our journey as we explore the unique traditions and festive atmosphere that define Vilnius during the holiday season.
Vilnius Christmas Market in 2023

Opening dates: Dec 1, 2023 - Jan 1, 2024
Location: Cathedral Square
Admission: Free, no tickets required.

Activities program is available here.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Experience the warmth of Scottish hospitality amid the enchanting surroundings of Edinburgh's Christmas market. Nestled in the heart of Princes Street Gardens and extending to the historic Royal Mile, this festive celebration is a delightful fusion of tradition and merriment.
  • Princes street gardens charm
Edinburgh's Christmas market unfolds in the picturesque Princes Street Gardens, set against the majestic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Stroll through a delightful array of stalls featuring handcrafted goods and delectable Scottish treats.
  • Royal Mile festivities
The festive spirit extends to the historic Royal Mile, where twinkling lights and enticing scents create a magical atmosphere. Immerse yourself in the seasonal cheer with traditional Scottish fare and unique artisanal finds.
  • Skating under the Castle
Embrace the winter chill with a visit to the ice rink in Princes Street Gardens. Glide beneath the watchful gaze of Edinburgh Castle, turning your skating experience into a truly scenic adventure.
  • Scottish culinary delights
The market is a haven for food enthusiasts, offering a taste of Scotland's culinary treasures. From savory haggis to sweet shortbread, there's a diverse range of local delights to savor.
  • Santa's enchanted Grotto
Make the holiday season extra special for the little ones by visiting Santa's Grotto. A magical encounter with Santa himself adds a touch of wonder to the festivities.
Edinburgh Christmas Market in 2023

Opening dates: 17th November 2023 to 6th January 2024.
Location: East Princes Street Gardens in the Mound Precinct and along George Street in New Town.
Opening times: 10am to 10pm.
Christmas Eve: 10am to 8pm.
Christmas Day: Closed.
Tickets: Tickets are only required for rides and attractions. Purchase online in advance or at the event.

You can find more information about Christmas in Edinburgh here.

Zagreb, Chroatia

Get ready to be enchanted by the festive spirit of Zagreb Advent, a celebration that transforms the heart of Croatia's capital into a winter wonderland. As the end of November approaches, the city comes alive with the magical charm of the Christmas season.
  • Upper town magic
Wander through the historic Upper Town, where St. Mark's Square and cobblestone streets are adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations. This is where the heart of Zagreb's Christmas enchantment beats.
  • Crafted with Care
Immerse yourself in the warmth of Croatian hospitality as you explore stalls filled with locally crafted treasures. From intricate ornaments to handmade textiles, Zagreb's Christmas market is a showcase of Croatian creativity.
  • Culinary delights
Indulge your taste buds in the flavors of the season. Savor sizzling sausages, hearty pastries, and traditional fritule (sweet doughnuts) as you sip on kuhano vino (mulled wine) – a Croatian holiday favorite.
  • Ice Park advent
Lace up your skates and experience the thrill of Ice Park Advent in King Tomislav Square. Glide beneath the open sky, surrounded by the historic charm of Zagreb.
  • Festive Entertainment
Enjoy live music, choirs, and cultural performances at various stages across the city. The air is filled with the joyful sounds of the season.
Zagreb Christmas Market in 2023

Opening dates: 2nd December 2023 to 7th January 2024.
Location: Ban Josipa Jelačića Square and King Tomislav Square.
Opening times: Enjoy the decorations and atmosphere at any times. Market opening times vary but you can generally expect them to be open from 10am to 8pm.
Christmas Day: Partially closed.
Admission: Free, no tickets required.

Find more information here.

As we bid farewell to our journey through the magical Christmas markets of Europe, we extend our warmest wishes to you, dear reader. Wherever your holiday travels may take you, may each moment be filled with joy, laughter, and the enchantment of the season.

Remember, the magic of Christmas isn't just found in the twinkling lights and festive stalls of these markets but also in the shared moments with loved ones and the discovery of new traditions. As you embark on your own festive adventure, may the spirit of the holidays accompany you every step of the way.

And, of course, as you prepare for your travels, don't forget to pack with Time2Pack. Our app is your trusty companion, ensuring you have everything you need for a seamless and joyful journey. From the essentials to the little extras that make your trip special, Time2Pack has you covered.